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Welcome to The Texas Trailhead Podcast! Are you looking to start hiking and camping, but don't know where to start? Follow along each Friday as creator and producer, Danny Laurel, shares stories of his favorite places to hike. He'll also gather stories of what lead others to spend time outdoors too. Maybe you're already a fan of the outdoors, but are looking for other places to visit in Texas. Well then grab your backpack, and put on your hiking shoes; and join along this adventure through t ...
 
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The weekly recap of outdoor news is a fun email blast I sent out, but recently the Texas Parks & Wildlife dept. sent out some information on small towns that have received grants for outdoor spaces! See if one of your towns made the list. Think you need to dedicate a week to Big Bend? Well, not quite. You can definitely see a good amount of the nat…
 
Howdy fellow Trailheads! You know that movie Dune? I got to visit Texas's version out west at Monahans Sandhills state park. Come along on this adventure and learn about how the park was for me and what you can expect on your next state park trip. Along the way, I made a stop at Happy Trails Outfitters in San Angelo. A great outdoor-themed store th…
 
Anchor has created a new way to bring audio from videos to the podcast. Let's see how this works! This was from a trip to Lockhart State Park in 2021 where I explored some new trails. You can read about this trip, or watch the full video on Youtube. Just a note, there are some scenes from this video that don't have any audio when I was just showing…
 
A little bit of west Texas in this episode! West Texas may feel like it’s barren, but once you dissect the area more, you’ll learn its filled with amazing life and wonder. There are two places that I really enjoyed: The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center just outside of Fort Davis, and south of there at Seminole Canyon State Park. Learn about what to …
 
Social media is known as life’s highlight reel, but I pay more attention to the stories that peel back the emotion curtain and expose more realistic viewpoints when it comes to what you can expect outdoors, and the pain that can happen along that journey. Enola’s photos caught my eye one day because the imagery was different than anything else on m…
 
Welcome back to another episode of the Texas Trailhead podcast! In this episode, I venture out to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of 21 national refuges in Texas and it is located just outside of Austin, TX. It's a fantastic place to hike and do some birdwatching, I really hope you can make a trip out! Check out Texas Tra…
 
Welcome back to another episode of the Texas Trailhead podcast! It's been a minute, but I want to thank everyone for sticking around while life happens. In this episode I'm getting things back on track by letting y'all know what I've been up to. This episode was originally recorded May 21, so it may feel a bit delayed, but the sentiment is still th…
 
Welcome back to another episode of the Texas Trailhead Podcast! This week I’m giving a pretty big update to the TXTH brand, and introducing y’all to the Texas Trail Company store. Here you’ll find amazing gear to hike in that performs as hard as you do on the trail, or whenever you want to be comfortable. Find amazing tees, hats, home goods and mor…
 
This week I'm speaking with Grey McEvilly, founder of Kammok out of Austin, TX. While hammocks put them on the map, they are responsible for making some of the best outdoor gear on the market that focuses on three core pillars: Adventure-Community-Love. We'll discuss the beginnings of the company, and current initiatives they have in place for bein…
 
#texashiking #texasstateparks #southllanosp I was really excited to check out a new Texas State Park, and South Llano River state park did not disappoint. I was able to knock how the trails I wanted to get to including: Overlook Trail (.7 mi), Fawn Trail (1.0 mi), East Ridge trail, Walter's Way (.6 mi), and the Mid-Canyon Trail (2.3 mi). There were…
 
“Ride the trail alone, it ain’t my style... ride, ride, on this saddle...”. Paul Cauthen is one of my favorite musicians, and his song Saddle ran through my mind as I was preparing to record this episode. It’s been a while friends. 2021 has begun and it’s time to share some more adventures. This week I give a quick recap as to what I’ve been off to…
 
This episode marks the end of the first year for the Texas Trailhead Podcast. 45 episodes that all started with a desire to get on a mic and chat about how Enchanted Rock SNA changed my life. I wanted to share stories from the trail, but also share the stories of other's who may have been inspired by spending time outside. I want to give a huge Tha…
 
This week I'm speaking with ExploreMore DFW's Haley Cottey. Their goal is to "encourage people to get outside in their own towns and appreciate everything that is accessible to them instead of always wishing they were somewhere else". I wanted to know how they got started with the site, but also wanted to share the amazing outdoor bingo game they h…
 
This week I have a big merch announcement! Make sure you visit the site and check out some new goodies in the store. I'm also doing a quick visit recap from my time at the San Antonio missions. The mission trail is really just the mission system as a whole. There are five missions you can visit, but there are also some additional interesting landma…
 
This week I'm wrapping up the East Texas Trifecta and giving y'all a quick recap of Mission Tejas State Park. It's filled with amazing pine trees, trails, and Texas history. Learn about the points of interest, and also hear my talk a little more about the El Camino de los Tejas trail and the plans for the future discussions. Hope everyone had an en…
 
This week I'm taking a moment to remind myself how grateful I am after a technical snafu wipes the photographic memories of 2020. Matthew Guthrie of @hikeaustin returns to chat after an EPIC visit the the Narrows in the hill country. He'll give us all the deets on what to prepare for, and what to expect. I ask him if it's all worth it to go back, l…
 
This week I'm speaking with Westcave Discovery Center CEO and Executive Director Trevor Hance. Westcave is a remarkable outdoor space that is photogenic yes, but also holds a deep responsibility of promoting the positive effects of conservation, and getting children outside. In our conversation we will discuss why the preserve is so special, but al…
 
Martin Creek Lake State Park | Cairn Unboxing October 2020 Welcome to another Texas Trailhead episode! This week I'll start with a few announcement about the state parks and some of the plans for reaching out to the fans. I'll also be reviewing part 2 of my east Texas road trip. Martin Creek Lake wasn't what I expected, listen to learn what was dif…
 
This week I'm back at Pedernales Falls state park. I'm changing things up a bit and pulling this post from the website. I wanted to explore the story telling a bit, so I'm pretty much reading what I wrote. You can access the full post in the links below. Let me know if you enjoy this style by sending me a comment on any of the social media channels…
 
November 8th parks are free for everyone in honor of both veterans and active military—it is important to note that reservations will still be highly recommended, and some places required.And that being said…The Texas parks & wildlife announced that reservations can now be made up to 5 months in advance. For a lot of folks the reservations have rea…
 
This week I’m speaking with Nikole Velasco. She’s an elopement photographer whose focus is getting amazing photos of couples in the outdoors. Recently she has received the Leave No Trace photography certification, so she can spread awareness about the Leave No Trace Principles. She’s had a passion for the outdoors for many years, and taking picture…
 
Hello friends! Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead podcast- This week I'm begins a segment about Geotagging and the responsibility of outdoor influencers. People who have a large following of 'fans' showcasing some amazing sights around the world. There are some unfortunate side effects to this. I'll talk about what they entail, and i…
 
"I remember that ol' Frio river..." Welcome back to another Texas Trailhead podcast episode! This week I'm back at another state park deep in the Texas hill country. Garner state park is a new park for me, so I'm really excited to share some details about this place include camping options and the trails you can expect here. I'll also do a quick tr…
 
This week I'm speaking with Dr. Sonia Lucas PT, DPT. Originally from Oklahoma City, she's now living in Austin, Texas, and now her mission is to 'get more people out and active in nature". Her love for the outdoors started at an early age, and her passion now transcends to the trails, roads and lakes around Austin. She is really focused on that rel…
 
It seems a bit pretentious to talk about where I've been like I'm someone important. But I think taking breaks is important. This podcast had been running pretty consistently since the end of December 2019, and when I was wrapping up season two I was feeling a bit uninspired. There was nothing dramatic going on at the time, and I wasn't really hiki…
 
Welcome back to The Texas Trailhead podcast! September is suicide prevention month, so I figured I would begin this season with a discussion about mental health. According to the American foundation for suicide prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the united states. In 2018 over 48 thousand people died by suicide. In 2020 the r…
 
Welcome to episode 15! In this episode I'll be talking about the obvious: It's hot in Texas. Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke? I'll cover what to look out for, and I'll give you some of my favorite ways to stay hydrated out on the trail. This is also episode 15 of the second season, and therefore it's the last epis…
 
Hope everyone had a ____ 4th of July. Heh. This week I’m going to give y’all some of my favorite ways to give back to the parks. If you’re using them you should do what you can to help them and help keep them maintained. Not all have state or even much local funding. Then I’ll give you the best ways to find places to camp whether that’s at the park…
 
Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead Podcast! This week is a bit of a shorty since it’s a holiday weekend, so learn a little more about two of my favorite historic sites in Texas! Hope everyone has a safe Fourth of July weekend, and make sure you visit me on my social channels and let me know what you thought of this episode! If you lo…
 
Father’s Day is important to me for a couple reasons: I’m now a dad, and I’m grateful that my daughter has shown some appreciation for spending time in the outdoors with me. Additionally, my dad was a huge part of my enjoyment of the outdoors now, and we’ve recently taken an epic road trip spending time outside. But I’m going to share some fun stor…
 
Just driving to Lost Maples is an amazing journey in of itself, but the park has some amazing scenery and hiking too. And when it comes to being a gear head, sometimes it’s just easier to have someone pick out the goods for you. So I’m going to tell you about my favorite subscription box for the outdoors, Cairn, and with the code ‘WELCOME’ you can …
 
Hey everyone! Thanks for sticking around and joining me on this 10th episode as I head out to east Texas and visit Tyler State Park. This park has something for everyone including water recreation, plenty of trails, and some amazing beauty of pines. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thetexastrailhead/support…
 
Welcome back! This week I have some big reopening news for Texas State Parks! LCRA Parks already reopened, so make sure you visit my website for that info too. I’ll also talk about another great place to hike in the New Braunfels area. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thetexastrailhead/support…
 
Happy Memorial Day weekend! My thoughts are with everyone that has been lost in battle, so make sure you all take time to send your regards. This week is a bit of a shorty. I'll be talking about a Hot Topic that came up this week in the hiking message boards. The Narrows are outside of Wimberley, TX , and while quite magical to look at, require vis…
 
Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead podcast! This week I go on a bit of a ramble and talk about why the day-use reservations actually have me hiking less. And in the second segment I'm talking about the 16 Texas historic state parks, and delve a bit deeper into my favorite LBJ State and National parks. For More information find me on …
 
Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead podcast. In this episode I'm visiting with Jefferson Marshall, the author of a brand new children's book titled The Creatures of Caprock Canyons. He's a teacher who loves the state parks and wanted to create a great way to tell amazing stories of some of his favorite places to visit. Ill also do a l…
 
Welcome to another episode of the texas trailhead podcast! I hope everyone is having a great week. Just wanted to let you all know that if you’re listening to this on its release day, so may 1st, It’s my birthday! And I hate to beg, but for my birthday I’d love if you could do something to show your support and if you could share this podcast with …
 
The Trail Foundation is a partnership with the Austin Parks & Recreation department that helps to maintain the the Butler Hike & Bike trail smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin, TX. But The Trail Foundation is much more than upgrading restrooms and maintaining trailheads; conservation of the land and ensuring that it is being used in the most…
 
S2E3: McKinney Roughs Nature Park & Interview with Owner of O’Wells Adventure Co. : Adam WellsWelcome to this weeks show! I’m really excited to talk about this episode. It’s part of the LCRA park system and definitely one of my favorite places to hike. It’s McKinney Roughs nature park which is Just outside of Austin-One of the great things about it…
 
The Texas Trailhead Podcast Season 2 Episode 2: Camping at Home & Interview with my Buddy DavidWelcome to the podcast- this is danny, and I’ve gotta say—I’m pretty excited about this weeks episode.First up—if you live in Texas then you’re probably aware that the state parks have now officially closed. It’s definitely eerie and no fun and it is real…
 
Welcome to the 2nd season of The Texas Trailhead podcast! I’m very excited about the episodes made so far, and looking forward to keeping them going as long as y’all are listening! I’d love to talk to y’all about the trails too. If you download the Anchor app we can just chat on the phone about our favorite hobby. This episode is gonna be a shorty.…
 
The Texas Trailhead Episode 15 : Coastal Road Trip and Solomon Trail Runner Review For this weeks episode my daughter and I decided to go on a little coastal road trip. Shelter in place orders had yet to be administered and at the time my wife still had to work at the office, and the store I worked at was closed. The idea was to go visit lake Corpu…
 
When I recorded this first part of this episode it was the Coronavirus situation in the U.S. was just declared a national emergency. It meant that states could now access funding to help people a bit more. That was 5 days ago before this episode airing, and it already feels much different. My mood was down, and I’m sorry if it lags. I wasn’t sure w…
 
Something definitely creepy is going on if the 13th episode is coming out on Friday the 13th. On this episode I revisit Texas is original state park Mother Neff, I’ll also go over what I like to collect when I visit state parks and I’ll ask the audience what they like to collect as well. Thanks for listening! SOCIAL: Facebook https://www.facebook.c…
 
We went to Mother Neff State Park, and while there got hungry. We were just south of Waco, TX so I enlisted the help of my good buddy who produces with his friend Andrew the podcast Tales from the Pits. They know good barbecue, and thankfully answered my text because he recommended two places: Millers Smokehouse and Guess Family Barbecue. Miller's …
 
Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead Podcast! San Antonio has some great hiking opportunities that are relatively close to me, and I want to share my experience from Government Canyon State Natural Area. There are a ton of places to hike, some prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and amazing views of the hillcountry. In the second segment I wa…
 
It's a rainy and dreary day. I didn't get to hike and instead decided to ramble about what I do to get my nature fix when I can't go hike. It's not easy to fulfill that need to stay busy when I can't hike, and staying home all day hasn't always been a good idea for me. What are some things you enjoy that fill that outdoor void? Is it books, or pict…
 
In this episode I'll go over my recent visits to Longhorn Cavern and Inks Lake State Parks. Because they're so close together my family and I figured it'd be a great way to knock out multiple state parks. And while they may be close to each other in distance, what they offer is unique to its own location. SOCIAL:Facebook https://www.facebook.com/th…
 
In this episode I’m going to talk about McKinney Falls state park located in Austin, TX. McKinney Falls is probably one of my favorite state parks, but mostly because it's the closest to me. This place has some amazing history here including a stop on the El Camino Real, remnants of the McKinney family, and the Smith family who are responsible for …
 
LCRA Park Lake Bastrop South Shore and First Aid Kit Essentials. The Lower Colorado River Authority is first and foremost an electric company, but did you know they also operate a pretty rad park system? On this episode I'll talk about my recent visit to Lake Bastrop South Shore and give you some information about what you can expect out on the tra…
 
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